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North Carolina

SUPER STATE STRATEGY

Our primary objectives in North Carolina are to: 1) flip the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Thom Tillis, 2) win the state’s 15 Electoral College votes, and 3) break Republican control of the state legislature by flipping one or both chambers.

In the state Senate, we are currently targeting eight districts—six GOP-held seats and two Democratic holds. With North Carolina’s newly drawn districts, 2020’s competitive seats are scattered across the state, spanning the suburbs of Raleigh, Fayetteville, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem.

In the state House, we are currently targeting 12 districts—seven GOP-held seats and five Democratic holds. State courts also ordered new districts in the state House in 2019. Our target districts for 2020 include parts of Fayetteville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and other ex-urban or rural regions in western North Carolina.

By the numbers:

5

Seats needed to flip the state senate

6

Seats needed to flip the state house

1

United States Senate seat to flip

15

Electoral College votes

Our Targets:

State Senate: SD-7, SD-9, SD-11, SD-18, SD-19, SD-24, SD-31, SD-39

State House: HD-1, HD-9, HD-12, HD-20, HD-37, HD-43, HD-45, HD-63, HD-74, HD-93, HD-98, HD-119

NC State Senate targets

NC State House targets

What's at stake

Gerrymandering

In 2018, a federal court ruled that all 13 of North Carolina’s congressional districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered in favor of the GOP.

In 2019, the state’s gerrymandered maps went to the U.S. Supreme Court. While the Supreme Court didn’t set a standard for gerrymandering in their ruling, North Carolina’s state court threw out the maps.

Legislators are currently redrawing fair maps for 2020, which will be reviewed by the State Supreme Court.

In the long-term, flipping the state legislature by voting in Democrats who will pass legislation and draw fairer maps is one of the strongest ways to end gerrymandering in North Carolina.

LGBTQ+ Protections

North Carolina state law doesn’t protect people in the LGBTQ+ community against housing or employment discrimination.

Some progress on LGBTQ+ rights has been made recently in North Carolina. The notorious anti-trans bathroom bill (created by the state GOP) was repealed in 2017.

To truly protect the rights of LGBTQ+ North Carolinians, progressive legislation needs to be passed. We need your help flipping the General Assembly so we can make these protections happen!

Reproductive Rights

In North Carolina, people seeking an abortion are required to undergo anti-abortion counseling, a 72-hour waiting period, and a mandatory ultrasound.

North Carolina also requires parental consent for minors seeking an abortion.

The best way to protect and expand access to abortion in North Carolina is voting in more Democrats to the state legislature.


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